Police interrogate girl's mother

Police did not act on the molestation complaint for more than two weeks. They filed an FIR only on Saturday after a news channel aired the CCTV visuals

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The visuals of the incident revealed that she was molested by the man with the consent of her mother.

The accused came in a Benz auto after the child and her mother arrived at the theatre.

The mother of the 10-year-old girl who was allegedly molested by a 60-year-old businessman Moideen Kutty in a movie theater in Malappuram last month, was arrested on Sunday after detailed questioning. He had a close relationship with the woman, who has now been arrested for her role in facilitating the girl's abuse by the businessman.

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The police said, they arrested Moideen Kutty on Saturday night, after a Malayalam television channel aired CCTV visuals of the accused sexually abusing the child inside the theatre at nearby Edapal on 18th April.

Speaking of the arrest and interrogation of the woman, the police told the New Indian Express that they believe the child may have been abused in the past as well, even though the mother says otherwise.

The theatre owner checked the CCTV footages after one of the viewers alerted him about the incident. "We then handed over everything to the ChildLine, ". As police delayed probe, the footage was released to a local TV channel on Saturday.

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The police have booked 35-year-old Shameera under section 364 (A) of IPC, along with relevant sections of POCSO and Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act. The child has been shifted to a Nirbhaya Kendra, a children's home.

The police are facing criticism from various quarters for failing to register a case even after a complaint had been submitted along with video proof.

Kerala assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan said the case has shamed everyone and that it was a "serious lapse" on the part of police for failing to act soon after hearing about the abuse. The police said he had admitted to the crime. "It's shocking that all this happened with the knowledge of the mother and an appropriate case should be registered against the mother too", said Josephine. Women's commission chairperson M C Josephine, who visited the theatre and Changaramkulam police station, congratulated the theatre owners for alerting the authorities about the incident without delay.

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